Growing up as a kid, I dreamed about living in a town where there were four seasons. I grew up absorbed in the imaginary worlds of Little House on the Prairie and Little Women and Anne of Green Gables, where seasons marked new beginnings for Laura, Joe and Anne.¬† I dreamed of chilly and crispy autumns –¬† the kind where you have to wear a sweater and possibly a scarf.

Growing Up in the Desert

I grew up in the desert of San Diego, California, and despite living only a few streets over from the beach, the land was dry and the surrounding trees and plants were hardly green. I grew up with ocean waves, dry palm trees and brown dirt. Every September of a new school year, I’d hear classmates exclaim how excited they were for sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes, only to wonder what they were talking about – we didn’t have an Autumn; it was 70 degrees year-round. And even on those occasional chilly winter days in February when the temperature went down to 60 degrees, it never felt completely normal to me. I always felt like something was unnatural about living in a place where the temperatures didn’t change.

My Love For Seasons

I fully embrace sudden, new beginnings and fresh starts. I love how each season feels like a new chapter: rest and reflection in the winter, new creative projects and inspiration in the spring, create create create in the summer, and evaluate and plan intentionally in the fall. Seasons feel like a complete storybook to me. I love the frigid cold and I detest the humid summers in the Northeast….but to me it feels natural and in flow with the planet.

4 Seasons in Old Town Alexandria 

This past year, my boyfriend (now husband) and I moved in together to a little historic town right outside of Washington D.C. The town was called Old Town, Alexandria and it was here that I had the space and time to slowly watch the seasons transition from one to the next. From my years prior in New York City, the seasonal changes were subtle and lightening fast, but in this slow provincial town, I truly relished in the unfolding of each season.

Here are some pictures of those moments from Summer to Spring.






Four Seasons in Old Town Alexandria

July 4, 2018


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